COVID-19 Update: What the “Stay at Home” Order Means

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Councilman Dunn Banner

Your Update on What's Happening at the King County Council  

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

Two days ago, Governor Inslee issued a statewide “stay at home” order requiring people to stay home unless pursuing an essential activity. This order is in effect until April 6th. Today, all non-essential businesses are closing. For a list of what businesses are considered essential, go here.  

In the days since the stay at home order was announced, the details of the order have become more clear. Here is a quick breakdown:

All public and private gatherings are banned. Outdoor activities are allowed, as long as you stay 6 feet away from people who don’t live in the same household as you. You’re also allowed to leave your home to care for a family member, friend, or pet in another residence or to drive someone to an essential health activity. Go here to download the full text of the Governor’s stay at home proclamation.

Please remember that there is no need to hoard supplies. Essential activities such as grocery shopping are still allowed. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and other businesses that meet people’s basic, crucial needs will remain open.

In this challenging time, I want you to know that your local leaders are working to keep you safe. While this "stay at home" order puts a burden on every one of us, I truly believe the sacrifices our community makes today will be rewarded in lives saved in the near future.

I will continue to send you updates as our scenario evolves. We are all in this together.


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Reagan Dunn
Vice Chair
Metropolitan King County Council